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The Big Lunch 2013

Residents from Ethel Street in Neath were among those taking part in this year's 'The Big Lunch' - an annual, UK-wide get-together designed to foster friendship between neighbours. The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of the project.

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Duchess of Cornwall honours Neath community

Neath representatives Emma Knight and Joel Al-Hattab receive the award from the Duchess of Cornwall Credit: Golley Slater

Residents living in one of Wales' most deprived areas have received a special award from the Duchess of Cornwall in recognition of their community spirit.

For five years, Ethel Street in Neath has taken part in the 'Big Lunch' project - an annual event designed to bring communities closer together - and neighbours say the difference has been 'incredible'.

Ethel Street beat 35 shortlisted communities from hundreds of applicants across the UK.

Two representatives attended a ceremony at Clarence House on behalf of the whole street, where they accepted the award from the Duchess of Cornwall - patron of the Big Lunch project.

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